The Bocas del Toro Archipelago lies off the north western coast of Panama, near the border with Costa Rica. It is made up of six islands and almost 200 tiny uninhabited islets many of which are covered in dense jungle with pristine, white sand beaches straight out of a classic Caribbean fantasy.
Tucked away on the eastern slopes of the Baru Volcano is the small and charming mountain village of Boquete. It is known to produce some of the sweetest oranges and richest coffees in all of Panama and has an everlasting spring-like climate.
The province of Chiriqui is located in the north west of Panama and has some superb hidden gems. The national park of La Amistad is still relatively untouched due to its dense jungle, but it is haven for wildlife and pristine beaches.
The Darien Province is an unspoiled region for adventurous travellers. It extends to an area of 16,000 square km covered by rivers, thick tropical vegetation, high peaks and amazing beaches. The rainforest in the Darien National Park is so thick that it is the only place where the Panamerican highway running from Alaska down to Argentina/Chile, does not penetrate. This truly wild and nature-dense region is heaven for adventurers, birders and nature lovers!
El Valle de Anton, known simply as El Valle, has a geologically distinguished setting and is located in the crater of an extinguished volcano. It boasts a near perfect year-round spring climate and is famous for its local markets which feature; handicrafts, fresh fruit and vegetables and beautiful native plants such as orchids and bougainvillea.
Founded in 1519 Panama City is the oldest Spanish settlement on the mainland of the Americas. It is also without doubt the most exciting and cosmopolitan capital city on the isthmus. The soaring glass skyscrapers are evidence of the vibrancy of the economy – there is a seemingly endless supply of investment from abroad. And the city has an infectious energy which is driven by the optimism and rich cultural brew of the Panamanian people. Long overshadowed by the Panama Canal, this city has now been given new life and is forging a new reputation for itself as a destination in its own right.
The San Blas are a group of over 365 small tropical islands located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Panama. Only a little over 40 of the islands are inhabited. The inhabitants, the Kuna, have been resisting changes to their culture since the Spanish first arrived over 500 years ago.
Soberania national park is estimated to be at least 500 years old, borders the central part of the Panama Canal and protects some 19,500 hectares of lowland tropical forest in the Atlantic watershed.
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